A lean lead applies the theories of lean manufacturing in order to design efficient processes and products.

Do you like finding ways to reduce wasted time and money? Do you stick to your guns? If so, you’re perfect for the role of lean lead at an advanced manufacturing facility. You’ll create and advocate for new, innovative production processes, always keeping in mind the principles of lean manufacturing in order to benefit your company and its clients.

Lean manufacturing is a way of making products that focuses on eliminating as much waste from the process as possible, which adds value for the customer and helps the environment. You’ll work with engineers, designers, and supply chain logisticians, coming up with new processes that meet customer standards. Much of your work will be done using CAD software, and you’ll also spend lots of time on the production floor, looking for ways to reduce waste and increase efficiency.

You’ll confer with the customer to make sure that the production process and final product are up to their standards. Managing budgets and timelines is another major part of the job. You’ll also need to oversee every project from start to finish to make sure there is as little waste as possible.

In order to become a lean lead, you’ll need an education on the principles of lean manufacturing, which include engineering and business. A Bachelor’s degree is required, and additional training, experience, or education will make your resume stand out.

Also Known As:

Lean Champion, Foundry Process Engineer, Process Engineer, Operations Manager

"I enjoy working in lean manufacturing because of the variety of products and equipment get to help build." -Jeremy Huss, Geotech Environmental Equipment, Inc.

Critical Skills


  • CAD or AutoCAD Software
  • Lean Manufacturing Processes
  • Management


  • Analytical Thinking
  • Communication - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking/Oral
  • Complex Problem Solving Skills
  • Gathering or Getting Information
  • Judgement
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
  • Operations Analysis
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Management
  • Quality Assurance

Key Responsibilities

  • Apply principles of lean manufacturing to facilities and processes
  • Use blueprints and other visuals to design new processes
  • Use CAD to design products and systems
  •  Reduce waste in manufacturing processes 


  • Leadership
  • Process Improvement
  • Quality Improvement

How to get this job

Experience as quality assurance specialist, electrical or mechanical degrees and experience.

Next Steps for this job

LEAN or Six Sigma Certification, PMP Certification

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